Find this good restaurant in this comfortable privately-owned hotel, next to the churchyard where Wordsworth is buried.
The kitchen offers a seasonal menu, and over the years has built up an excellent network of local suppliers. There is a careful balance to satisfy both the more adventurous and more conservative diner.
An autumn snapshot of the dinner menu brought 'Twice-Baked Blengdale Blue Cheese Soufflé, with Beetroot Textures, Walnuts, Celery and White Balsamic'; 'Blood Orange Terrine with Watermelon, Turkish Delight & Natural Yoghurt'; 'Crispy Cods Cheeks with Carrot Mousse, Salt Cod Panacotta, Pancetta Crumb & Red Vein Sorrel'; 'Bessy Beck Smoked Trout Fritters with Tomato & Saffron Dressing, Wild Rocket & Crisp Dill Batter' and 'Confit Duck Pressing with Pickled Poached Pear, Toasted Brioche, Cumberland Mustard Rémoulade and Truffle Honey Dressing' amongst the starters.
'Roast of the Day'; 'Lyth Valley Lamb Saddle & Shoulder with Root Vegetable Gratin, Purple Sprouting Broccoli & Rosemary Scented Lamb Jus'; 'Halibut Steak with Wild Mushroom Gnocchi, Wilted Sea Beets and Leek & Cockle Cream Sauce'; 'Slow-Cooked Loin of Cumbrian Venison with Foraged Leeks & Garlic, Creamed Potatoes, Crispy Parsnips and Morel & Madeira Jus'; 'Sirloin Steak with Triple-Cooked Chips, Watercress, Duxelle, Tomato Fondue & Béarnaise Sauce' and 'Five Mile Town Goats Cheese, Woodland Mushroom & Chestnut Strudel with Crushed Squash & Tarragon Cream' on the list of mains.
Desserts and puddings maintain the high standard with perhaps 'Pear Mousse with Lemon Poppy Seed Sponge & Olive Oil Ice Cream'; 'Toasted Almond Pannacotta with Poched Apricots & Lemon Thyme Shortbread' and 'Wordsworth Chocolate Plate - white, milk & tarakan' there to tempt you.
You can also eat well-cooked pub-style dishes in the less ambitious Doves Bistro.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week 12.30-14.00; set L £19.95 (2 courses), £24.95 (3 courses); Dove Bistro mains about £10 to £14
- Dinner: all week 18.30-21.30; mains about £17 to £25; set D £40 (4 courses); Dove Bistro mains about £10 to £17
- Seats: 65
- Wine: a well-chosen list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Children's Menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Windermere Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Rooms available